ERIC Number: ED265079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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The 1985 Indiana State Mathematics Contest: Tests and Analysis of Student Performance.
Balka, Don S.; Wiles, Clyde A.
The 1985 Indiana Mathematics Contest included tests in Algebra (First Course), Geometry, Algebra (Second Course), and Comprehensive. Test-writing responsibilities were delegated to mathematics and mathematics education faculties at four state universities, with the mathematical content based on course objectives in the state guidelines. Fourteen sites across Indiana served as test centers, with 2672 students participating, an increase of 278 students from 1984. Outstanding Scholar awards were presented to 152 students. Analysis of student performance on selected items of each test, based on a 20 percent proportional stratified random sample, is then given. Known content, unknown content, and discriminators for each test are discussed. Students appeared to have a good command of fundamental algebraic procedures, but experienced difficulty in applying these procedures to situations involving equations and inequalities and in solving verbal problems in the first course, and with logarithmic and exponential functions, permutations and combinations, and analysis of functions in the second course. In Geometry, circles and their relationships was a discriminating content area, while finite mathematics topics played a definite role in determining who did well on the Comprehensive test. Overall, problem solving continues to be an area of concern. Appendices contain the four tests. (MNS)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana